Sara Bingham

In November of 2016, when I heard there was a bus going from Toronto to D.C., I knew immediately that I needed to be on it. 

I'm a biracial woman who grew up in northern Ontario (in the Soo!). I've called myself a feminist my entire life and found my place in the social justice world while studying psychology at Carleton University. One, let's call it "enlightening", semester of courses at Carleton included: psychology of womenwomen in modern Christian traditions and psychology of black women. I was a chapter leader for Attachment Parenting International and I am a chapter leader for Lean In, since 2015, and for Hacking Health, since 2016. 

Today, after two now-annual Women's Marches, Women's March Canada is moving are moving from a march to a movement and we need your help in the development of the following programs: 

  • Elect Pro-Choice Progressive Women
  • National Postpartum Support
  • Women at the Executive Levels
  • Closing the Gender Pay Gap Nationally
  • Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs
  • Male Allies Stopping Violence Against Women
  • Ending Sexual Harassment at Work

We're gathering amazing women from across the country and beyond to help develop the above programs but we need help in financing the basics for the Women's March Canada website and social media tools. Please help by donating whatever you can!

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  • published YW Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® in List Your Event 2018-08-14 22:24:41 -0400

    YW Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®

    YW WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES® Presented by Shoppers Drug Mart is an annual fundraising event that asks women and men to STEP UP and take a stand to help break the cycle of family violence in our city. Although family violence is a very serious matter, this fun and light-hearted event asks participants to challenge each other to participate and help women and their children walk away from family violence.

    Domestic abuse has steadily been rising in Calgary with the last few years showing 34% more incidents than the 5-year average. In fact, police responded to 3,089 domestic violence calls in the first three quarters of 2017.

    On Tuesday, September 18, hundreds of Calgarians will put on a pair of high heels and strut down Stephen Avenue to support women and their families. Individuals register online and commit to fundraising $1,000 each so we can reach the fundraising goal of $250,000.

    Through emergency shelter, housing, counselling, outreach and family access services, YW Calgary strives to enable women and children to live free of violence. We provide them with a safe and secure place to stay, case management, referrals and support while taking steps to cope with the trauma and crisis in their lives. We also help men in our adult programs, promoting long-term solutions to the issues.

    To do this we need your help, challenge yourself or someone else today to fundraise and change the lives of hundreds of women and children trapped in domestic abuse.

    REGISTER TODAY: https://bit.ly/2LAImz4

    WHEN
    September 18, 2018 at 11am
    WHERE
    YWCA Calgary
    320 5th Ave SE
    Calgary, AB T2G 0E5
    Canada
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  • published Our Sponsors in About 2018-07-18 21:27:46 -0400

  • published Take Action 2018-07-12 21:47:23 -0400

    Take Action

    Women's March Canada is working to move from a march to a movement. 

    Sharing Inspiring Stories

    You've got a story to tell! We love sharing the stories of inspiring Canadian women on our podcast. Please sign up here so we can share your story with the world: https://calendly.com/womensmarchcda/inspiringstories

    Events that Empower Women

    We want to help broadcast the news of all events in Canada that empower women! Please list your event(s) here and we'll share on all our social channels! https://www.womensmarchcanada.com/list_your_event

    Are You Running? 

    We want to help women get elected! Are you running? Take the survey: Elect #Prochoice #Feminists Survey #munipoli #onpoli #fedpoli #womeninpolitics https://www.womensmarchcanada.com/elect_feminists_survey

    Women's March Canada from a March to a Movement!


  • posted about Keep Ontario's Current Sex-Ed Curriculum Petition on Facebook 2018-07-12 20:57:52 -0400
    Sign the petition: Keep Ontario's Current Sex-Ed Curriculum Petition #SexEd #onted #onpoli #SexEdSavesLives #consentmatters

    Keep Ontario's Current Sex-Ed Curriculum Petition

    Women’s March Canada is deeply disappointed with the announcement by the Minister of Education, Lisa Thompson, to roll back Ontario’s modernized sexual health education curriculum ahead of the upcoming school year. Ontario’s children and youth deserve access to health and physical education information that ensures their safety and aligns with the realities of our rapidly changing world.

    863 signatures

    sexed-curriculum_socialmedia.pngTo the Legislative Assembly of Ontario

    WHEREAS

    The revised 2015 health curriculum has been extensively researched and is the most progressive and up-to-date in Ontario’s history. There is no other curriculum in the province that has benefited from nearly a decade of input from both experts in the field and thousands of parents.

    The repeal of the current Ontario curriculum for Grades 1-8 in Health and Physical Education, 2015 (Revised) means:

    • Ontario students will no longer be taught the concept of ‘consent.’ The word consent appears ZERO times in the 1998 health curriculum. Given the rate of sexual violence against women in Ontario, this is completely unacceptable.
    • There will be zero discussion on gender identity or same-sex relationships.
    • Students will not learn about issues around gender-based violence, sexual harassment, homophobia, the social impacts of puberty, sexting, cyberbullying or protecting yourself from online predators. There have been 78 women and girls killed in Canada so far this year and most of them were in Ontario.

    Curriculum Documents

    The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8: Health and Physical Education, 2015 (revised)

    We, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:

    1. Immediately reinstate the revised 2015 health curriculum;
    2. Provide a clear and transparent plan for additional consultations including a timeline for consultations;
    3. Provide a clear and transparent plan for how the initial consultations will be incorporated into any revisions proposed by the Ford Government;
    4. If a new curriculum document is to be made and presented, please indicate where and how it will address the following topics included in the 2015 revision: consent; sexting; cyberbullying; LGBTQ2S; body parts; and other information to help young people advocate for their own health and safety.

    Resources

    http://pressprogress.ca/homophobic-preacher-tells-social-conservatives-doug-ford-will-repeal-sex-education/

    https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/07/11/ontario-students-will-be-taught-the-old-sex-ed-curriculum-when-they-go-back-to-school-education-minister-says.html

    https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/06/08/school-board-group-urges-doug-ford-to-keep-the-sex-ed-curriculum.html

    https://www.thestar.com/life/opinion/2018/03/15/sex-ed-curriculum-offers-details-doug-ford-is-so-far-unwilling-to-give.html

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-sex-ed-plans-1.4742523

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-sex-ed-curriculum-5-things-to-know-1.3059951

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ontario-s-new-sex-ed-curriculum-the-most-up-to-date-in-the-country-1.2969654

    https://nationalpost.com/news/group-says-78-women-girls-killed-across-canada-in-last-six-months

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  • published An interview with Kelly Swartz #letstalkaboutsex in Blog 2018-07-08 23:13:15 -0400

    An interview with Kelly Swartz #letstalkaboutsex

    Thank you to our guest today, Kelly Swartz. Kelly is an erotic expert and health coach. Through erotic self-awakening, Kelly empowers her clients to improve their relationships and claim their sexuality.

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  • published An interview with Ritika Dutt #MeToo #AI in Blog 2018-07-08 23:12:45 -0400

    An interview with Ritika Dutt #MeToo #AI

    Thank you to our guest, Ritika Dutt, a McGill University graduate who is the co-founder of Botler AI, an app to help victims report and cross-reference their stories of harassment with approximately 300,000 criminal court cases to determine which law has been violated. 

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  • posted about End Family Separation on Facebook 2018-06-17 12:35:43 -0400
    If in Canada and you are furious that the US is placing children in internment camps and violating both human rights and international law, sign the petition #EndFamilySeparation #KeepFamiliesTogetherAct #KeepFamiliesTogether

    End Family Separation

    For the sake of humanity, it’s time to act. This petition urges the Govenment of Canada speak up on behalf of your constituents in renouncing these actions and call on the UN to spare the children irreparable trauma.

    7,197 signatures

    Needless and Cruel

    "The administration's policy of separating children from their families as they attempt to cross into the United States without documentation is not only needless and cruel, it threatens the mental and physical health of both the children and their caregivers," the American Psychological Association said in a statement.

    Children are being ripped from their parents and housed in tent cities or caged in an abandoned Walmart. It is not only unconstitutional but a humanitarian crisis.

    As outsiders are not permitted to address the House, petitions must be presented by Members. Therefore, petitioners must send their petition to a Member asking the Member to present it on their behalf. Women's March Canada will be requesting that an MP to be named will present this position to the House of Commons. To be certified a petition must include 500 valid signatures. For electronic petitions, an e-mail address, full name, postal code and phone number must be provided.

    What can we do outside the US?

    If in Canada and you are furious that the US is placing children in internment camps, essentially being used as political pawns, and violating both human rights and international law, here's how to take action:

    • sign this petition
    • visit our Facebook post above to:
      • learn how to contact your local MP: 
      • find what to say (many of our followers have shared what they've emailed to their local MPs); 
      • then tag your local MP in a comment on the post;
      • share and "like" the post with your friends on Facebook to spread the word.

    It takes less than 10 minutes to share your voice for these children. Please do so now.

    For the sake of humanity, it’s time to act. We, the undersigned citizens (or residents) of Canada draw attention to the House to the following that, the US Administration has directed its Homeland Security to send “100 percent of illegal southwest border crossings” to the US Justice Department to be prosecuted. When undocumented parents are criminally prosecuted, their children are automatically declared unaccompanied minors, detained and transferred into government custody—despite the fact that they have loving parents who desperately want to stay with them, parents who brought them to the United States in search of a better and safer life.

    Therefore, we call upon Parliament to renounce these actions, to call on the United Nations to demand that US immigration agencies stop the implementation of any policy that separates children and youth from their families, and that the US Administration enlist qualified social service agencies to ensure the well-being of children who are still in their custody, or have gone missing. We urge the Government of Canada to speak up on behalf of your constituents in renouncing these actions.

    We must show the world that #CanadaCares

     

     

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  • commented on me-too 2017-10-16 21:55:34 -0400
    Thank you, Claire!

  • commented on Dove, You Did More Than Miss the Mark 2017-10-12 13:09:41 -0400
    Thank you, Sara!

  • commented on We Need to Encourage Our Daughters in Sports 2017-10-01 21:38:42 -0400
    Well done, Natalie. Children and all of us will rise to the expectations of those around them. I need to share a similar story in a blog as well!

  • commented on What Canadians Can Do After Charlottesville 2017-10-01 21:37:02 -0400
    Thank you, Amanda. This is a great list of resources that we need to connect with.

  • commented on Life Outside That Box 2017-10-01 21:36:15 -0400
    Thank you for sharing your story, Sara!

  • commented on Letter Writing Campaigns: How To Make Change Happen 2017-10-01 21:35:45 -0400
    Thank you for sharing, Amanda. We have work to do!

  • commented on Navigating Management While Female 2017-10-01 21:34:57 -0400
    Thank you for sharing, Amanda! Great discussion start!